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Demonetisation left 81.50 lakh people unemployed in Bengal: Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee attacking Prime Minister Modi on Friday said that the State has suffered a revenue loss of Rs.5500 crore and 81.50 lakh people have become unemployed due to demonetisation.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee attacking Prime Minister Modi on Friday said that the State has suffered a revenue loss of Rs.5500 crore and 81.50 lakh people have become unemployed due to demonetisation.

“In the last two months since demonetisation was announced we (State government) have suffered a revenue loss of Rs.5500 crore. While more than 1.7 crore people have been adversely affected due to note bandi (demonetisation) 81.50 lakh people have become unemployed in Bengal,” said Banerjee.

She also said that the figures came up in a survey conducted by the State government adding that loss of jobs took place in mainly in the tea, jute, bidi and jewellery sector, reported The Hindu.

Banerjee further argued that the agricultural sector has been hit hard due to the ongoing cash crunch and farmers are unable to grow rabi crops.

“This will result into price rise. When people do not have cash they (Centre) are trying to introduce a cashless economy,” said Banerjee.

She urged all the political parties to rise above “narrow differences” and form a national government for greater interest of the country. “I urge all the political parties to form a national government under a common minimum programme till the next general elections. I also appeal to the President to save the country from this crisis,” said Banerjee.

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